Payton Hand, 10-year-old daughter of Doug and Tammy Wohler of Elk Point, was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Feb. 10.
Payton has two brothers Austin, 8 years old, and Chance, 6 years old. Her grandparents are Doug and Tammy Wohler of Vermillion, Wes and Dawn Coffee of rural Elk Point and Scott and Cindy Koeppe of South Sioux City, NE. Payton is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and had been attending fourth grade at Jolley Elementary School in Vermillion.
Payton spent 22 days at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls. She will be having a stem cell transplant in May at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Payton will need to be in Minnesota for approximately four months.
She is receiving weekly chemotherapy at Sanford Children's Hospital until her trip to Minneapolis. The young Hand family has been dealt a difficult situation and will need our communities help as they face the daily challenges of healing Payton, family separations, medical expenses and travel costs.
A Payton Hand Benefit account has been set up at Cor Trust Bank in Vermillion. There will be upcoming events to help Payton and her family battle this fight against cancer. If anyone is interested in helping with fund-raising, benefits, etc. please contact Colette Livingston at 712-301-2176, Lori Jerred at 605-670-8589, or Amy Pohl at 605-579-0014.
Immanuel Lutheran Church is currently selling raffle tickets for a chance at $25 gift certificates to area restaurants in Elk Point; please see Cristy Harkness , Eileen Henze, or Cheryl Burrell if interested in buying a ticket, all proceeds will go to Payton. There will be a booth for Payton at the Vermillion PTA Carnival on April 8, stop in to enjoy the carnival and visit the booth.
If interested you can follow Payton's story on www.caringbridge.org/visit/paytonhand. Payton would also love to hear from everyone. You can send her a card at PO Box 273 Elk Point, SD 57025.